by Michael Johnson
Reporting from Moscow in the days of the Cold War was basically a game of cat and mouse. There were 22 U.S. journalists based in Moscow at the time, and an equal number of Soviet journalist-spies in New York and Washington. On both sides, we maneuvered non-stop to beat the controls placed upon us.
What was the story? We thought it would be about the potential for nuclear war, the relative strength of armies, and Soviet expansionism in Europe. In those days no one could be sure how successful the communist dream might turn out to be. The assignment was one of the best in the world because we were sure to be on Page One most of the time.
On Getting Audiences to Care
By Phil Bronstein
Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times' often heroic international journalist, has stuck his inquisitive snout into dangerous situations throughout his career.
But admitting that there's a white reporter's burden in writing about Africa is among the braver things he's done. It's the bold revelation of a messy little secret not so mysterious to those of us in the profession.